Architecture As Spirit. . . . A Son Searches for His Father. . . . .


Louis Kahn was an amazing architect but an absent  father.  Nathaniel Kahn made this film from his journey to discover his famous father, Louis. This great spiritual man who   was famous for saying, “I ask the brick what it wants to be,” when asked about his designs, was unknown to his son.  The sculptor architecture of Ahmedabad ‘s  Indian Institute of Management is shown in the clip.  It was Kakn’s last building complex.  If you are interested , google Bangladesh /Louis Kahn/architect or watch the documentary, “My Architect” the complete film documentary made by Nathaniel Kahn

Here is a picture of IIM.



This Is Architecture of Louis Kahn 

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I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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9 Responses to Architecture As Spirit. . . . A Son Searches for His Father. . . . .

  1. SitaRasa says:

    Will definitely watch! 🙂

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  2. SitaRasa says:

    Loved watching this documentary, thank you so much for posting! I promised to write what I thought of it (you know English is not my first language…):
    Some pictures and things people said about Louis Kahn touched me, very. It started with the first picture, where his father holds Nathaniel’s hand; and (further into the film I learned) that they didn’t know they would have so little time left together. And then later, when Nathaniel said: “The last thing I saw of him was his hand”.
    How his mother said: “He will grow up to be a great man, because of it” (the scars in his face) – that she just knew.
    I was very happy seeing Frank Gehry in this film and saying: “Lou was a breath of fresh air. My first works came into…(?…) out of reverence of him”. I don’t know much about architecture, but a few years ago I saw a documentary about Frank Gehry and Sidney Pollack that I loved so much, that I gave my sons each a copy.
    I believe there’s a level where everything becomes so simple, pure, like a Child’s play. But it takes great minds, gifted people, to get there and – how could there exist rules for that.
    Somewhere was said that L.K. was a mystic and unable to speak the language of the architectural world. Also, how could he be a domestic person then… You get the impression that his wives (and children) still loved him despite of everything they must have gone through.
    Maybe almost all is said in the words of this wonderful man Doshi:
    “Nothingness mattered to him
    Silence mattered to him
    The enigma of Light mattered to him
    He cannot be an ordinary person.
    If you go into silence, you will hear his voice.”
    How can I find the right words; the silence and peace in his buildings, almost unbelievable how this could be created in material forms.

    There were more things that I was wondering about, I’ll watch it again some time.
    I was invited to draw outside almost every day of this week, so was a bit distracted. Hope I could give you a bit of an impression of what I thought of the film.
    Oh and I liked very much: “Brick, what do you want??” Made me think of sculpting: ‘let the stone lead you’.
    The process of creating brings with it such a struggle with the elements of this world (in the broadest sense), but if you stay very close to – what is not to name – only then it can happen. Louis Kahn must have been close all the time.
    And I think his son came very close to his father by making this documentary.

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    • annetbell says:

      Thank you for such an involved reply. I am so glad you liked the post and I am sure your artistic background helps in you understanding gifted, creative people. It seems often people with some kind of second sight , art music , poetry, architecture have trouble relating to people. Have you seen “Tim’s Vermeer”? wonderful film. I loved the Pollock film too.l There is one about an Impressionist but I don’t remember who. I have no special gift but I love those films!
      Kahn had such a gift of designing very complex buildings with a simple , elegant design. David says that it the hardest design!

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      • SitaRasa says:

        Yes, I saw Tim’s Vermeer some time ago, very interesting. I admire inventors, i bet they don’t spend a lot of time watching films 🙂 Last week a friend borrowed me a documentary about Gauguin, narrated by Waldemar Januszcak, very impressive. I learn a lot from those movies.

        I’m sure your husband is right about the hardest design. There are no imperfections in it.
        Thanks again for bringing such inspirational subjects on your blog! Writing seems to come so easy to you.


      • annetbell says:

        You are so sweet, thank you. I think writing is a skill that improves with practice. Anyway , I think of myself more of a storyteller than a writer. It is fun for me especially when people read it ! Thanks so much for your comments. Love that!

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